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Conservative backlash after Big Bird announces he got his COVID-19 vaccine

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New York: Texas Republican Ted Cruz appears to think Big Bird is a government plant.

The Sesame Street staple announced that he had gotten his COVID-19 vaccine, just days after the US health authorities approved the Pfizer shot for children ages 5-11.

Big Bird, pictured with other members of the Sesame Street gang, has gotten the COVID vaccine.

“My wing is feeling a little sore, but it’ll give my body an extra protective boost that keeps me and others healthy,” the supersized bird tweeted.

It was seemingly a joyous enough celebration for the childhood icon, who is perpetually 6 years old. But conservative politicians and pundits weren’t so pleased.

“Government propaganda…for your 5 year old!” tweeted senator Cruz, apparently unaware that Big Bird is not actually on the White House payroll.

Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe falsely claimed that children are not at risk from COVID-19, while Newsmax host Steve Cortes similarly accused the kids’ program of “propaganda”.

Former Republican presidential candidate, Texas senator Ted Cruz. Credit:AP

Sesame Street, of course, is not government propaganda but rather a product of nonprofit organisation Sesame Workshop, which is explained on its website as “a community built on diversity, equity, and inclusion, where creators, educators, partners, and unforgettable characters come together on a mission to help kids grow smarter, stronger, and kinder.”

Big Bird specifically has been advocating for vaccinations since at least the 1970s and even pointed out Saturday that he has been “getting vaccines since I was a little bird”.

Elmo also announced on Saturday that he plans to get his shot “soon”.

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